Bruins on the verge of eliminating the Canadiens, Ducks rookie John Gibson shuts out the Kings, plus updates on the Blackhawks, Wild, Rangers and Penguins.
BOSTON GLOBE/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Carl Soderberg had a three-point night while Tuukka Rask made 29 saves as the Boston Bruins downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series. The Bruins can wrap things up on Monday in Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the first game in the series where the Bruins controlled the game from start to finish. This time it was the Canadiens who were frustrated and off their game. If the Habs don’t find a way to counter this in Game Six, this series will be over.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry had two-point performances while rookie goaltender John Gibson made 28 saves in his NHL playoff debut as the Anaheim Ducks shut out the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 to even their best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau had juggled his tandem of Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen until the latter suffered a recent injury. He played a hunch with Gibson and was rewarded for it. Could this be another debut of a rookie who carries his club to a championship akin to Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy and Cam Ward? We’ll find out soon enough.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig has been suspended two games for boarding Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4 of the Blackhawks-Wild series. Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw (leg injury) likely remains sidelined for Game 5.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard (upper-body injury) and winger Matt Moulson (lower-body) could be sidelined for Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/POST-GAZETTE.COM: The NY Rangers hope to ride their emotional victory in Game 5 on Friday to another win in Game 6, while the Pittsburgh Penguins hope to close out the series today in Madison Square Garden.